Aquino aide denies attempt to freeze Corona’s deposits



MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III’s political affairs adviser sees no need for any investigation into the identity of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s friends in Malacañang who supposedly alerted the magistrate of a government plan to freeze his bank accounts after the House of Representatives voted to impeach him.

Ronald Llamas denied that there was any move to go after Corona’s bank deposits – an allegation the chief justice made at his impeachment trial on Friday, attributing it to a tip from unidentified people he called “mga kumpare” in Malacañang.

“There are concerns more pressing that starting a witch hunt on the basis of fairy tales born out of desperation,” Llamas told the Philippine Daily Inquirer when asked if Malacanang should look into Corona’s moles in the administration.

Before then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him to the Supreme Court several years back, Corona served both the administrations of former President Fidel Ramos and Arroyo in the Office of the President.

On Friday, he said he still had friends in Malacañang who told him of the alleged plan to seize his bank deposits. He said he withdrew them because they were hard-earned money.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, also a close adviser of the President, said Corona’s claims of the administration controlling Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and allegation of the government planning to freeze his bank accounts were all fabrications.

“The two allegations… are fabrications and totally irrelevant to the case,” Abad said in a text message to the Inquirer. “His three-hour monologue [on Tuesday] further exposed holes in his defense and his only recourse [on Friday] on his return to the witness stand was to vainly appeal to public sympathy.”

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  • Ommm

    Why not freeze them?

    180P million plus 5 properties is no small amount.

    Lets just value these properties at P60 mil and presume the judge earned 1 million a year…that would take 240 years…before taxes to earn….if he never spent a peso to live…yet he’s only 63…

    There must certainly be BIR records of taxes paid…so did he pay tax on the 180 million?

    Its’ not at all uncommon for other countries to freeze accounts until tax issues are resolved…is this government frightened to enforce its own tax laws?

    • AbdullahZahir

      ommm, you sounded like you don’t know anything on taxes, bank accounts and property. 

      • Estenieta

        Tama, nag-dunong dunongan kasi. Buti nga !  Abdulllah, sabunin mo pa iyang si Ommm para madal.

    • Rex_Ranhilio

       Bank accounts cannot be frozen unilaterally by the government.

  • pilipino

    I don’t believe that the PNoy government will be in the business of freezing somebody’s account, Corona is just trying to make himself appear as persecuted and therefore deserving pity from Senators.

    If PNoy would want to freeze someone’s account, the Arroyo’s would have been the top target, not Corona, kalingkingan lang yung pera ni Corona sa bank compared to what the Arrovo’s have. But we never heard anything to that effect, until Corona invented it.

    Corona lacks the credibility, he even lacks sense. He accused PNoy of being left-leaning or controlled by leftists and at the same time accused him of being a landlord holding on to Luisita. Alin ba talaga boy?!

    • Estenieta

       BOY ? MAHIYA K A NAMAN. CHIEF jUSTICE  SIYA AT DO NOT CALL HIM bOY !  MAYROON  TALAGANG  PUEDE MONG  tatawagin na BABOY , hindi ki lang masabi dahil ikaw mismo alam mo na kung sino ang tinutukoy ko.

      • Concur_Dissent

        ok lang, aminin mo nang ikaw yun…

      • da_parpus_ur_honor_plees

        haha, why don’t you cry na lang, kasi wala na si corona mong idol! dol dol! baboy yan si THIEF JUSTICE. wallowing in his precious ill-gotten wealth! haha. kawawa naman mga sinugnaling katulad mo. mga pilipinong walang utak. ang THIEF JUSTICE na hindi marunong mag-ingles katulad mo. chief justice daw pero hindi naman intelligent. hindi marunong mag-interpret nga mga laws at sa constitution. laughing stock tayo sa ibang bansa. hahaha.

  • missaya

    lets see who is next victim of malacanang??? abangan

    • Estenieta

      Seguro  si Binay!

    • da_parpus_ur_honor_plees

      would you believe it’s you? and all remnants of the arroyo, marcos regimes? and all the traditional politicians used to bigayan and lagayan? and all those filipinos who think that bribery is nothing more than just being grateful. and all those filipinos who think there’s absolutely no wrong when corona the liar repeatedly said in the papers that he doesn’t own a single dollar account, only to admit later on that in fact he has 4. yes, indeed, birds of the same feather flock together. 

      • B

        Agree…! V factual!

    • Mark

      Binay I guess..

  • willbillywilly

    if it was frozen why was he able to move it around

    • Estenieta

      Ikaw talaga Wolly bully, tinitwist  mo ang arguments. It was not frozen  pero natunogan  ni Chief Justice dahil  sinabi niya na  may mga tao sa  circles  ng Presidente  , na  still  mga kaibigan ni chief Justice, na nagsabi sa kanya  na i pe -freeze  ang kanyang mga assets. hindi pa frozen ang  kanyang mga assets. Kaya si Abnoy na ito,  titingnan  muna niya SINO KAYA  SA KANYANG  MGA  CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ANG  talagang friends niya? Aba ,malay niya,  mismong   ang akala niya ang  siyang  pinakalapit  sa kanya  ang siya ring maglag-lag  sa kanya. Malay natin!  Hindi kaya si Lacierda? si Abad ? si Valle?  o mismo si Llamas?

    • rex_30

      he is just slow.

  • Concur_Dissent

    Corona’s kumpares and spies within the palace are same group who said that the Ombudsman had no documents to prove that corona had several dollar accounts that were in the millions!  Ayan, kaya natatalo….kung sino-sinong barbero ang advisors nya eh!! 

    • Estenieta

      Mayroon na pala siyang Barbero ? I must be away  when  the hair  sprouts on  the head.

      • Concur_Dissent

        ” I must be away when the hair sprouts on the head”??  Talo mo pa ang barbero magsalita!  hahahaha!

      • ronnie

        yeah , away and unreachable by any means

    • Simplify1

      They are also the same spies and advisors who recommended to the ICJ to put Bisnar and Atienza on the stand for their defense… Ayun, tuloy…kahit na hindi kasama at walang relevance ang BASA-Guidote issue sa kaso nya lumabasa ang BAHO ng pamilya nya at kung gano KAGAHAMAN! 

  • albert

    vengeance mode si pnoy..
    pnoy will do everything to get even

  • UsoUso82

    CJ Corona has the guts to say his dollar accounts. What happen to the other Leaders in the palace? He was just so honest that he played with the politicians today. We believe that those in the palace were like hoodlums that they act of whatever they like, such as taking personal banking account which is under the privacy of a person. They should focus in incompetence of performance rather than false accusations to the government personnel. What happen to this case is that the palace today wanted to control the three-equal branches of governance in a presidential type. However, we still believe that the palace boys are intolerable to other issues and will do more to show that they are competent to make progress but short of action.

  • B

    If this was in other countries, frozen na yan. sa Pinas lang maraming nakakatwist ng law lalo chief justice. Basta may kaso ka lalo I’ll gotten wealth, fi-freeze yan habang kinukuwestiyon. Di naman dahil naniniwala sa corruption nitong CJ eh naka -Noynoy agad. Mabuti ngan they all dig each others graves. Plus we’re learning more about our constitution and laws sa mga ganitong trial. Informative. Kahit na palang theatre show. Both sides have their own selfish gains but I’m all for uprooting every corrupt officials na di maexplain ang pera at di sinulat sa saln nila. Yum Lang labag na sa batas. Di na kailangan ilabo-labo pa kung ano-anong other issues. This is his trial Corona. Kung gusto chase ibang politicos, then next naman sila. Basta for me good for philippines Ito as a start. First step is the hardest.

  • Jon

    Spokesperson na rin pala si Llamas ngayon?
    Lakas talaga ni Dodong.
    Daming papel sa gobyerno ni Pwehnoy.
    Malamang pati itlog ni Budoy hawak niya.
    Kaya kaunting pihit lang, kuha agad ni Llamas ang gusto niya. 

  • huami2u

    KATOTOHANAN! Ito na sana ang isa sa mga pagkakataon na maipakita ni CJ  na TAPAT sya at mapagkakatiwalaan. Katotohanan! Sana ikinuwento na nya ang katotohan imbes na bigyan tayo ng ‘makakatohang’ story telling.

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